Top Books from my endless TBR Shelf

I, like many many of you, have a constantly growing To-Be-Read list. As the phrase goes: So many books, so little time. So I thought I’d share my top ten to be read.

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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Wow has this book become super famous in a short amount of time. I have heard great things about this book, it almost seems like the new Fault in Our Stars. Is that a good comparison?

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The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

I’ve heard great things about this book too. I read A Thousand Nights by E.K Johnston a while ago and it has a similar premise though I hear the two books are actually very different.

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Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

The sequel to one of my favorite classics To Kill a Mockingbird. Go Set a Watchman takes place about 20 years after the events of To Kill a Mockingbird. I have to go back and read the first book again because I have mostly forgotten what happened but I’m excited to revisit Scout.

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Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Another book that’s been gaining popularity in a short span of time. The cover is beautiful! And I love a good desert themed book.

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Daughter of Smoke and Bones by Laini Taylor

A series that has been popular for a while and I even started the first book but never ended up finishing for some reason. There are so many people completely obsessed with this series. I will try to get to it as soon as possible.

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The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

So many people have told me to read these books! I started once but I couldn’t get through it but I feel obligated to try again since everyone seems to love them.

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

I’m not a fan of the Throne of Glass series so I’m hesitant about picking up another Sarah J. Maas series. I’ll try to give her the benefit of doubt and read it anyway.

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Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck

This has been semi-popular for a while. Trying to break an Indian curse with a tiger sidekick? What’s more awesome than that? (Though I haven’t read the book and don’t actually know if it does turn out awesome).

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Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King

A contemporary I’ve been wanting to read for a while. I believe it’s a coming of age novel. And the title sounds interesting.

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For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

I’ve been eyeing this book for so long but I never end up picking it up. It’s a science fiction novel that was inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion. I love the title!

Top 15 Read in 2015

I have read so many wonderful books this year, I think it’s a new record! These books were not necessarily published in 2015, I just read them this year. These are all wonderful and you should definitely pick them up if you haven’t already!

1. Winter by Marissa Meyer

Winter by Marissa Meyer

 

The fourth and final book in the Lunar Chronicles series. It’s the PERFECT conclusion. The first book is called Cinder. These books are fairy tale retellings and take place in a future world; they’re a mixed of sci/fi and Fantasy.

 

 

 

2. Through the Dark by Alexandra Bracken

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A collection of novellas set in The Darkest Minds universe. Bracken is a wonderful writer so you should definitely go check out her books if you haven’t yet.

 

3. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

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My absolute favorite contemporary I’ve read this year (not that I read a lot of them anyway). It’s a heart breaking story about twins Noah and Jude who are incredibly close at thirteen but rarely even see each other three years later. The story alternates between past and present. It’s a beautiful book. Click here for the Goodreads page.

4. End of Days by Susan Ee

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The third and last book in the Penryn and the End of Days trilogy;the first book is named Angelfall. These books take place in a post-Apocalyptic world where angels have destroyed and take over Earth. This is a good series for fans of 5th Wave by Rick Yancey.

5. Fairest by Marissa Meyer

A companion novel for the Lunar Chronicles series. This tells the story of the villain of the series, Queen Levana. Learning her backstory was very interesting (I still hate her though).

 

6. The Rose Society by Marie Lu

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The sequel to A Young Elites by Marie Lu. This takes place in a Fantasy world and follows the journey of Adelina Amouteru, probably the most morally ambiguous YA protagonist I have read about.

 

7. Where She Went by Gayle Forman

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The sequel to the infamous If I Stay. Personally, I prefer the sequel to the first book. This takes place three years after the first book and is from Adam’s point of view.

 


8. Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed

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This story follows a Pakistani-American girl Naila whose strict, traditional parents take her to Pakistan after they find out she had been dating someone. They force her into an arranged marriage and Naila finds herself cut off from her life in America. I loved this book way more than I thought I would.

 

9. The Young Elites by Marie Lu

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The first book to the Young Elites series. This is a Fantasy series very different from Marie Lu’s Legend series but just as awesome.

10. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

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Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them—in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul—they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course… read more in Goodreads

 

11. I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

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The first book to the I Hunt Killers series. This series follows Jasper Dent who is the son of the world’s most notorious serial killer. Jasper is brilliant, and these books are action packed and thrilling.

 

12. Free to Fall by Lauren Miller

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What if there was an app that told you what song to listen to, what coffee to order, who to date, even what to do with your life—an app that could ensure your complete and utter happiness? What if you never had to fail or make a wrong choice? What if you never had to fall? … Read more in Goodreads.

 

13. What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang

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This story takes place in a world where every person is born with two souls. One of these souls usually “faded” away by the person was around six years old. The people whose souls did not fade were known as hybrids. The main character was a hybrid; both her souls remained in her body though Addie was more dominant than Eva. It was a different experience reading from the point of view of one character who was really two people. Read more inGoodreads.

 

14. Winger by Andrew Smith 

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Ryan Dean West is a fourteen-year-old junior at a boarding school for rich kids in the Pacific Northwest. He’s living in Opportunity Hall, the dorm for troublemakers, and rooming with the biggest bully on the rugby team. And he’s madly in love with his best friend Annie, who thinks of him as a little boy. Read more in Goodreads.

 

15. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

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Luxury spaceliner Icarus suddenly plummets from hyperspace into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive – alone. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a cynical war hero. Both journey across the eerie deserted terrain for help. Everything changes when they uncover the truth. Read more in Goodreads.

Ten Favorite Childhood Books

Anne of Green Gables by L.M Montgomery

Anne Shirley, the red haired, feisty, strong and extremely generous heroine remains one of my favorite female characters of all time. I found some scenes very funny when I first read this book. Anne is a very realistic character; she’s someone many kids can relate to as they’re growing up.

Frindle by Andrew Clements

Nick is probably one of the funniest child characters I have encountered. I loved the whole concept of him inventing a new word. The word frindle itself sounds funny.

Judy Blume books

I used to love Judy Blume’s books especially the Fudge series. I don’t remember most of what happened but I do remember loving the tone of the books.

Holes by Loius Sachar

Holes is one of the first chapter books I read and therefore holds a special place in my heart. I think the overall story line is very interesting. The fact that these kids went to a rehabilitation camp in the desert to dig holes all day appealed to me for some reason.

Junie B. Jones books by Barbara Parks

Junie is funny, witty and charming. I loved reading through her perspective. She’s one of those frustrating children one cannot help but love.

Matilda by Roald Dahl

 

Matilda, the sweet and incredibly smart little girl with telekinetic power with a very moving story. The first book characters I remember truly disliking are her parents; they made me so angry! In spite of that, Matilda turned out to be a wonderful child.

 

 

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

These books are full of action, suspense and friendship. The four kids Reynie, Kate, Stickie and Constance all have their own personalities but always look out for each other when needed. Their adventure is a fun one and I thoroughly enjoyed going along with them

Ramona Quimby books by Beverly Cleary

Ramona, like Junie B. Jones, is another very funny child character you cannot help but fall in love with. She has a very active imagination and a great sense of humor. I love almost all of Beverly Cleary books but the Ramona ones are definitely my favorite.

Sammy Keyes by Wendelin Vaan Draanen

While some people were obsessed with Nancy Drew, I was obsessed with child sleuth Sammy Keyes. Sammy is smart, bold, sassy and just awesome. She solves crimes in her small town with some very weird residents. These books are full of comedy as well as suspense. I love them!

Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

These books were such a wonderful journey. Violet, Klaus and Sunny are three siblings who had gone through so much but stayed strong and united throughout the whole series. I loved those three characters as friends. This was also the first big series I read so they hold a special memory as well.